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Outlines of Chinese Symbolism and Art Motives: An Alphabetical Compendium of Antique Legends and Beliefs, as Reflected in the Manners and Customs of the Chinese

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This is the first paperbound edition of a standard reference volume long familiar to students of China and Chinese culture. The work of a scholarly English resident of China, it is an illustrated encyclopedia with hundreds of concise, clear, and authoritative articles outlining the meaning of Chinese symbols and art motives, arranged alphabetically by concept.
Special emphasis is placed on those historical, legendary, or supernatural persons, animals, and objects that recur ...
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Overview


This is the first paperbound edition of a standard reference volume long familiar to students of China and Chinese culture. The work of a scholarly English resident of China, it is an illustrated encyclopedia with hundreds of concise, clear, and authoritative articles outlining the meaning of Chinese symbols and art motives, arranged alphabetically by concept.
Special emphasis is placed on those historical, legendary, or supernatural persons, animals, and objects that recur frequently as symbols or emblems in the art and literature (of Japan and Korea, as well as of China): Lao Tzu, the phoenix, the Eight Immortals, the Twelve Ornaments, and so on. Chinese customs and observances are recorded, and there are numerous articles on general topics (agriculture, medicine, astrology, costume, drama); arts and crafts (carpets, lacquer, shop signs, calligraphy); religion and folk beliefs; natural history; music; and many other subjects. Includes 402 illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486233727
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1976
  • Series: Pictorial Archive Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,327,584
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

A
  Agriculture
  Alarm-staff
  Amber
  Amitabha
  Amusements
  Ananda
  Ancestral Worship
  Ant
  Apple
  Apricot
  Architecture
  Astrology
  Astronomy
  Axe
  Azalea
B
  Bamboo
  Bat
  Bear
  Beast of Greed
  Bee
  Begging-bowl
  Bell
  Birds and Beasts
  Birth
  Bodhi Tree
  Books
  Brahma
  Bronze
  Broom
  Buddha's Hand
  Butterfly
C
  Cangue
  Canopy
  Carpets
  Castanets
  Cat
  Cedrela
  Chain
  Charms
  Cherry
  Chinaware
  Chisel-knife
  Chrysanthemum
  Cicada
  Club
  Coins
  Colours
  Compass
  Conch-shell
  Conch-shell Trumpet
  Confucius
  Convolvulus
  Coral
  Costume
  Cotton
  Crane
  Cricket
  Cross-thunderbolt
  Cow
  Crown of Brahma
  Curios
  Cycle of Sixty
D
  Dagger
  Death
  Deer
  Diamond Mace
  Diaper Patterns
  Dog
  Donkey
  Door Gods
  Dove
  Dragon
  Dragon-fly
  Drama
  Drum
  Duck
E
  Eight Diagrams
  Eight Immortals
  Eight Treasures
  Eighteen Lohan
  Elephant
  Elixir of Life
  Embroidery
  Enamelware
F
  Falcon
  Fan
  Feng Shui
  Fire
  Fish
  Five Elements
  Five Poisons
  Five Viscera
  Flags
  Flowers
  Flute
  Fly-whisk
  Footprints of Buddha
  Four Heavenly Kings
  Four Treasures
  Fowl
  Fox
  Fu His
G
  Gall-bladder
  Glow-worm
  Goad
  God of Fire
  God of Literature
  God of Longevity
  God of the Kitchen
  God of War
  God of Wealth
  Gold
  Gong
  "Goose, Wild"
  Gourd
  Grain Measure
  Grape
H
  Hammer
  Hand
  Hare
  Heart
  Hemerocallis
  Horse
  Hsi Wang Mu
  Hundred Antiques
I
  Idols
  Intestines
  Iron
  Islands of the Blest
J
  Jade
  Jar
  Jasmine
  Joo-I
K
  Kidneys
  Kingfisher
  Kuan Yin
L
  Lacquer
  Lamaism
  Laocius
  Lapis Lazuli
  Leopard
  Lion
  Liver
  Lotus
  Lozenge
  Lungs
  Lute
M
  Mace
  Magnolia
  Magpie
  Maitreya Buddha
  Manjusri
  Marriage
  Medicine
  Mencius
  Mirrors
  Monkey
  Moon
  Mosquito
  Mulberry
  Musical Instruments
  Mystic Knot
N
  Narcissus
  No Cha
  Numbers
O
  Oak
  Olea Fragrans
  Oleander
  Opium
  Orange
  Orchid
  Owl
  Ox
P
  Pagoda
  Painting
  Palm-Tree
  P'an Ku
  Parrot
  Peach
  Peacock
  Pear
  Pearl
  P'eng Niao
  Peony
  Persimmon
  Pheasant
  Phoenix
  Pig
  Pike
  Pine
  Plant of Long Life
  Plantain
  Plum
  Po Ku T'u
  Pomegranate
  Praying-mantis
  P'u Hsien
Q
  Quail
  Queen of Heaven
R
  Rat
  Reed-organ
  Rhinoceros Horns
  Rice
  Ring
  Rosary
S
  Scroll
  Seals
  Secret Societies
  Seven Appearances
  Shâkyamuni Buddha
  Sheep
  Shop-signs
  Shun
  Silk
  Silver
  Skeleton Staff
  Skull-cup
  Snake
  Snare
  Spear
  Spiritualism
  Spleen
  Stars
  Stomach
  Stone
  Stone Chime
  Su Shih
  Sun
  Swallow
  Swastika
  Sword
T
  Ta Yü
  T'ai Chi
  Tea
  Ten Celestial Stems
  Thigh-bone Trumpet
  Three Great Beings
  Three Pure Ones
  Thunderbolt
  Thunderbolt-dagger
  Tiger
  Ti Tsang
  Toad
  Tortoise
  Trees
  Trident
  Twelve Ornaments
  Twelve Terrestrial Branches
U
  Umbrella
  Unicorn
V
  Vase
  Vermicelli
  Vulture Peak
W
  Water
  Water-pot
  Wei-Ch'i
  Wei T'o
  Wheel of the Law
  Willow
  Wish-granting Gem
  Wolf
  Wood
  Written Characters
Y
  Yama
  Yin and Yang
  Yao
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